How Long Does Nicotine Remain In Your Body? Hours? Days?

As I’ve mentioned before, drinking a lot of water will help you detox and get rid of the nicotine, don’t go overboard though and go on a strictly water diet..

Don’t try to lose weight AND quit smoking at the same time, as you will inevitably fail both. Juicing fresh fruit and vegetable juices will help you detox too, and is a little more tasty than plain old water.

My favourites would be celery, carrots, apples, oranges and starfruit.

It’s generally accepted that medically the nicotine takes only 72 to 96 hours (3-4 days) to leave the body. As discussed before however, the mental and physical after effects can go on for weeks. For different people the amount of time taken for the nicotine to actually leave can vary.


One thing to note though is the byproducts of nicotine can be detected in the blood for up to a month after you stop smoking and can be detected by tests.

Whether nicotine dependency was established and/or maintained by being smoked, chewed, inhaled, drank, snuffed, sprayed, swallowed, sucked, licked or patched, in the end there is only one way out – no more nicotine.

It might take you 2-3 months before you really have no more cravings for the last hit and for some is up to 6 months to be totally clear.

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5 Responses to “How Long Does Nicotine Remain In Your Body? Hours? Days?” »»

  1. Comment by Samuel tee | 05/26/06 at 9:09 am

    When nicotine breaks down into cotine, how is this cotine substance then gotten rid of?

  2. Comment by Quit Smoking | 05/29/06 at 3:09 pm

    Samuel: Hopefully I’ve answered your questions on What is Cotinine and how to flush it out here.

  3. Comment by your momma | 10/03/08 at 5:46 am

    why doesnt the law make somoking illegal like mariquana? it is almost the same right?

  4. Comment by alfredo | 08/25/11 at 8:03 am

    I am about to loose my mind here! and my dog hates me too bc i just passed a bomb and didn’t open the door for it.

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